Geordie Lavers-McBain

Full Name: Douglas James Edward Geordie Lavers-McBain

Date Began Martial Arts: 1985

Geordie is a full-time instructor and the founder of Black Dragon Kai with clubs located across Australia.  At Beaudesert and Jimboomba he has established two full-time training centres. He has attended and completed courses with the International College of Martial Arts at the Gold Coast campus in the areas of Sport and Recreation, Fitness and Workplace Assessment and Training this includes a Diploma in Sports Coaching, as well as an Advanced Diploma in Sports Coaching, specifically in the martial arts. His highest qualifiacation to date is a Graduate Diploma in Strategic Leadership.

Within his community he has been actively involved with local council and schools, in promoting self defense techniques. At the Beaudesert State High School  and The Kooralbyn International School, Emmaus College & McAuley College he has taught as part of their sports curriculum. In 2002, he was awarded the Australia Day Award for Senior Sports Person within the Beaudesert Shire.

Currently Geordie also works weekly as an Australian Defence Force Contractor teaching Close Quarter Combatives and Tactics at the Austalian Army Combative Centre located at 7th Brigade Gallipoli Barracks. Geordie is the only Civilian to be qualified in the Army Combatives Program Levels 1,2,3 & Instructor and to be recognised as a Combative Master Trainer. He also works for Kinetic Fighting, teaching courses for and alongside Paul Cale.

He is currently the Qld State Wrestling Coach, previsouly serving two terms as General Director on the board for Wrestling Australia, and has previously held the role as National Female Co-Ordinator and National Head Coach for Women's Wrestlng. Geordie also worked as a National Technical Official for Wrestling at the 2018 Commonwealth Games held on the Gold Coast.

With his wife Jessica Lavers-McBain they both run the Girls Into Wrestling competitions and camps, helping grow and develop female wrestling in Australia.

From 2010-2023 Geordie has been the Co-director and Event Co-ordinator for the Queensland Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Circuit, which runs 20+ BJJ competitions across the entire state of Queensland each year. The QBJJC is the State Organisation under the National Federation AFBJJ and international federation the IBJJF.

Geordie's history in the martial arts encompasses a number of styles that he has been involved in from the age of eight.  Currently Geordie holds 27 Black Belts and Multiple Instructor Qualfications in systems that do not use a belt system.

Martial Arts Ranks

  • Combatives Master Trainer ACP-IC/KEF-IC
  • 8th Degree, Modern Martial Arts - Kaiso
  • 6th Degree, Jissen Budo - Shihan
  • 6th Degree Freestyle Tae Kwon Do - Master Instructor
  • 6th Degree,  ABK Muay Thai Kickboxing - Ajarn
  • 6th Degree Black Belt - Army Combatives Program - Integrated Combat / Kinetic Fighting - Integrated Combat
  • 6th Degree Black Belt Sport Mixed Martial Arts (BDK/FCJJ)     
  • 6th Degree Black Belt - All Round Fighting (International Budo Kai)
  • Probationary 6th Dan, Bushikai Karate - Dai Shihan 
  • 5th Degree,  Zen Do Kai Karate - Shihan                                   
  • 5th Degree, BJC Muay Thai Kickboxing
  • 5th Degree Ninjutsu Kakusu-ryu          
  • 5th Degree Okinawan Goju-ryu Karate-do - Sensei       
  • 3rd Degree Black Belt - Shoot Wrestling
  • 3rd Degree Iaido (Ishin Ryu Iaido)    
  • 3rd Degree Black Belt - Kyusho Jitsu       
  • 3rd Degree Black Belt (Level 12) - Knife / Counter Knife Combatives (SFC)
  • 3rd Degree Black Belt (Level 12) - Unarmed Combatives (SFC)
  • 3rd Degree Black Belt - Kempo Karate Jujutsu (Hock System)  
  • 3rd Degree Arnis/Eskrama/Kali
  • 3rd Degree Black Belt, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu - Sensei
  • 2nd Degree Iaido-Kenjutsu (Meishinkan)            
  • 1st Degree Black Belt - Gong Kwon Yulul
  • 1st Degree Black Belt - Judo (Judo Federation of Australia) - Coach Level 1
  • 1st Degree Black Belt - Gokyushin-Ryu Renshinkan Aiki Budo
  • Black Belt - Kudo
  • Black Sash Kung Fu (Leong Fu - Karato Atado)
  • Black Sash - Shaolin Award of Recognition (only 30 awarded)
  • Yellow Belt Combat Aikido
  • Yellow Belt - Submission Arts Wrestling (SAW)
  • Green Glove - Savate (Boxe Française)
  • Blue Pommel - La Canne


Instructor & Coach Levels

  • Current Queensland Coach for Wrestling (2021-present)
  • Australian National Coach for Female Wrestling (Wrestling Australia) 2017-2019
  • International Wrestling Coach Level 1 (United World Wrestling)
  • Wrestling Coach Level 1 (Wrestling Australia Incorportated / NCAS)
  • Boxing Coach Level 1 (Boxing Austalia Incorporated / NCAS)
  • Judo Coach Level 1 (Judo Australia / NCAS)
  • Judo Emerging State Referee (Judo Australia)
  • Judo Teacher Coaching Course (Judo Australia)
  • Judo No Limits Referee Endorsement Level 3 (Judo Australia)
  • Judo No Limits Referee Endorsement Level 2 (Judo Australia)
  • Judo No Limits Referee Endorsement Level 1 (Judo Australia)
  • Sports Power & Weightlifting Coach Level 1
  • Strength & Conditioning Coach Level 1
  • Advanced Intstructor Level 6 - Pacific Archipelago Combatives (Hock)
  • Advanced Instructor Level 6 - Freelancer Filipino Combatives (Hock)
  • Level 2 - Apache Weaponry & Battle Tactics (Snake Blocker)
  • Advanced Instructor Level 8 - Impact Weapon Combatives (SFC)
  • Level 2 - Gun / Counter Gun Combatives (SFC)
  • Level 2 - Close Quarter Combatives (SFC)
  • Level 1 Instructor - Abenir Kali
  • BodyCuff Instructor - Universal Restraint System (Salus Consulting)
  • Defensive Tactics Instructor - PPCT
  • Spontaneous Knife Defence Instructor - PPCT
  • Dynamic Simulations Instructor - PPCT
  • Operator Level 3 - Kinetic Fighting
  • Army Combatives Program Level 3 Instructor - Australian Army
  • Bulgarian Bag Level 1 Coach - Suples



Higher Education

  • Graduate Diploma in Stretegic Leadership (Asset College)
  • Certificate in Leadership Professional Development (La Trobe University)
  • Certificate in Leading Strategic Innovation (Deakin University Australia)
  • Certificate in Sport for Good (Torrens University)
  • Advanced Diploma in Sports Coaching (International College of Martial Arts)
  • Diploma in Sport & Recreation (International College of Martial Arts)
  • Cert IV in Sport & Recreation (International College of Martial Arts)
  • Cert III in Sport & Recreation (International College of Martial Arts) 
  • Cert II in Sport & Recreation (International College of Martial Arts)
  • Cert IV in Fitness (International College of Martial Arts)
  • Cert III in Fitness (International College of Martial Arts)
  • Cert IV in Assessment & Workplace Training
  • Bachelor Exercise Science/Bachelor Education (not completed, studied 2 years) Griffith Univeristy
  • Security Officer/Crowd Controller & Weapons Training Courses National Security Training Academy
  • Security Officer/Crowd Controller & Weapons Training Courses National Security Training Academy
  • Senior First Aid Certificate
  • Working with Children - Blue Card


Sport Integrity Australia

  • ASADA Anti-Doping Course for Coaches 
  • ASADA Anti-Doping Level 2 
  • ASADA Anti-Doping Level 1
  • Sport Integrity Australia Annual Update 2022
  • Sport Integrity Australia Annual Update 2021
  • Tokyo 2020
  • Commonwealth Games 2018
  • Anti Doping Fundamentals
  • ASADA's New Legislative Powers 
  • ASADA Athlete Biological Passport Learning Update 
  • Changes to the WADA Code 
  • Clean Sport 101 
  • Ethical Decision Making - Helping or Dobbing 
  • Ethical Decision Making - It's the Fans Fault
  • Ethical Decision Making - It's the Coaches, Sports Fault 
  • Ethical Decision Making - Moral Duty or Team Duty 
  • Ethical Decision Making - Starter Course 
  • ASADA Parents Course 
  • Sport Integrity Australia Annual Updates Courses 
  • Supplements in Sport 
  • ASADA Whereabouts Course
  • Intellegence and Investigations functions of ASADA
  • Para Sport Classification Fundamentals


Sport Australia

  • Beginning Coaching General Prinicples
  • Community Coaching General Priniciples
  • Illicit Drugs in Sport Coaches Course
  • Illicit Drugs in Sport Officer Course
  • Illicit Drugs in Sport Presenter Course
  • Illicit Drugs in Sport Athlete Course
  • Illicit Drugs in Sport Role Model Course
  • Competition Routines Course
  • Concentration Course
  • Getting in the Zone Course
  • Goal Setting Course
  • High Performance Decision Making
  • Imagery Course
  • Motivation Course
  • Child Protection (PBTR)
  • Complaint Handling (PBTR)
  • Creating an LGBTI+ Inclusive Club (PBTR)
  • Member Protection Information Officer Training (PBTR)
  • Inclusive Coaching Course (PBTR)
  • Ethics & Ethical Decision Making in Sport Course (PBTR)
  • Introduction to Integrity in Sport (PBTR)
  • Let Kids Be Kids (PBTR)
  • Parent's Guide to Clean Sport (PBTR)


Other Courses

  • Young Athletes Coach Accreditation Certificate (Special Olympics Australia)
  • Martial Arts & Autism Certificate (SCMA - Autism Awareness)
  • Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder (Special Olympics Australia)
  • Understanding Autism (Special Olympics Australia)
  • Autism Inclusion - Getting to know your Participants (Special Olympics Australia)
  • Creating a Positive Experience for Participants with Autism (Special Olympics Australia)
  • Improving Sport for People with an Intellectual Disability (Special Olympics Australia)
  • Certificate - Sports Coaching, HEAY. (International Olympic Committee)
  • Certificate - Art & Science of Coaching (International Olympic Committee)
  • Certifciate - Coach for All (Allianz)
  • Youth Protection Training (Boy Scouts of America)
  • Signs of Human Trafficking (Break the Chains)
  • Infection Control Training - COVID 19 (Australian Govtt, Department of Health)
  • Qld Fitness, Sport & Recreation - COVID Safe Return to Play (AQIA)
  • Covid Safe Sport Coach (Australian Coaching Council)
  • COVID SAFE Work Training for Personal Services (Qld TAFE)
  • COVID SAFE Work Training for Dining In (Qld TAFE)
  • COVID-19 Awareness for Gyms (NSW Govt)
  • Infection Prevention for Novel Coronavirus (World Health Organization)
  • Environmental Cleaning & Disinfection (World Health Organization)
  • Hand Hygiene (World Health Organization)
  • Hand Dermatitis (Occupational Dermatology - Skin Health Institute)
  • Hand Hygiene Standard Theory Module (ACSQHC)
  • The Basics of Infection Prevention and Control Module (ACSQHC)
  • CDC HEADS UP Concussion Training for Youth Sports Coaches 
  • Coach Concussion Awareness Training Tool - CATT
  • High Performance Coaches' Education Program Certificate - ADEL
  • Talented Athletes Education Program Certificate - ADEL
  • Ready to Wrestle (United World Wrestling)
  • Introduction to Coaching and Safety (United World Wrestling)
  • Introduction to Practice Planning (United World Wrestling)
  • Wresting Rules Certificate (United World Wrestling)
  • Certificate of ACL Injury Prevention - NFHS
  • Certificate of The Collapsed Athlete Response - NFHS
  • Certificate of Sports Nutrition - NFHS
  • Introduction to Refereeing wrestling - UWW



  • Australia Day Award - Senior Sports Person in the Beaudesert Shire (2002)
  • Inducted into Australian Martial Arts Hall Of Fame (Instructor of the Year 2008)
  • Inducted into World Karate Union Hall of Fame (Instructor of the Year 2008)
  • Selected by and represented Beaudesert Rotary Club at RYLA Rotary Youth Leadership Award (1998)
  • Gold Kai
  • Gold Bushido Cross
  • Gold Senjo Cross
  • Fight Club Jiu Jitsu - Most Outstanding Student in 2009
  • Fight Club Jiu Jitsu - Highest Achievement Award in 2021


Affiliations & Organisations

  • BLACK DRAGON KAI ABN 28 667 274 808
  • General Director of Wrestling Australia (2019-present)
  • Former Female Head Coach for Wrestling Australia (2017-2019)
  • Former Female Liason Officer for Wrestling Australia (2016-2017)
  • Australian National Director of Combat Wrestling
  • International Branches Chief for Jissen Budo International
  • Co-Director of Girls Into Wrestling Competitions and Camps
  • Qld Co-Director of Autsralian Brasilian Jiu Jitsu Federation
  • Former Vice President of Kudo Australia
  • Former President of Kudo Queensland
  • Former Board member/Administrative Officer of Oceania Muay Thai Federation (affiliated with World Muay Thai Council)
  • Executive Member Martial Arts Representative Council
  • Former President of the Gold Coast Weight Lifting Club (2006-2013)
  • Member International Martial Arts Alliance #420
  • Member of Australian Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation
  • Member of  Jiu Jitsu & Grappling Association of Australia #386
  • Member of  Judo Federation of Australia (Qld) Inc.  #QLD336
  • ICMA International College of Martial Arts affiliated instructor
  • Retired Security Officer/Crowd Controller #43779
  • Instructor at Nerang Police Citizens and Youth Club
  • Approval of Commission for Children and Young People (CCYP) Blue card #51309
  • Veterans Graplling Affilaite
  • ICC Coach (Australian Army)



Competed in...

  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • Judo
  • Muay Thai
  • Kickboxing
  • Full Contact Karate
  • Ring Karate
  • Shoot Fighting  


INTERNATIONAL represented, trained or coached for Australia

  • New Zealand
  • Thailand
  • Japan
  • United Arab Emirites
  • Philippines
  • Canada
  • Algeria
  • United States of America
  • French Polynesia



NATIONAL represented, trained or coached for Queensland

  • New South Wales
  • Victoria
  • Australian Capital Territory
  • South Australia
  • Western Australia
  • Northern Territory




  • Silver Medal in the SJJIF World Championship (Black Belt)
  • Bronze Medal in the SJJIF World Championship  (Black Belt)
  • Thailand Inernational Openweight Champion IBJJF
  • Pan Pacific Openweight Champion AFBJJ
  • Australian Openweight Champion AFBJJ
  • Gold Coast Openweight QBJJC Champion (Black Belt)



  • Australian Ring Karate Champion WKA
  • Queensland Ring Karate Champion WKA
  • 5 x Red Dragon Champion ZDK



  • Member of Queensland Judo Team 2010
  • 4 x Gold Coast District Champion



  • South East Queensland Champion NMAL
  • Bayside Open Champion NMAL


Instructor at...

Beaudesert (est 1993)

Jimboomba (est 1994)

Gold Coast (est 1996)